Amberwood Press, Inc. ~ New York
(Nava Atlas)

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Nava Atlas: "In recent years, I’ve combined my experience in the fields of publishing and the fine and applied arts to arrive at my interest in book arts. The book form and concept is central to my practice; sometimes as an end in itself but just as often as a jumping off point for text-driven objects and installations as well as published works.

"For as long as I can remember, I’ve had a passion for words and images in equal measure. Stories written were always accompanied by drawings; visual works nearly always contained text. In the former, the visual component allowed me to share my interpretation of the words; in the latter, words added a layer of context and meaning. Further, the words themselves become an intrinsic part of the visual pleasure of the piece, whether one reads them carefully or not."
Deconstructing Elsie
By Nava Atlas
New Paltz, New York: Amberwood Press, 2014. Edition of 200.

11 x 14"; 18 pages Digital offset. Spiral bound with pictorial laminated covers.

Nava Atlas: "When I began working on Deconstructing Elsie, my purpose was to create a visual exploration of the dark side of the dairy industry in a nutshell, from the heartbreaking abuse of cows (as well as the discarded calves that become veal) to pollution of soil and water, dissemination of false information, and much more in between. What I didn't expect was to find such a huge intersection between the stark facts about Big Dairy and ideas about oppression as they pertain to patriarchy and misogyny. Altering midcentury Elsie the Cow advertisements seemed a perfect vehicle for presenting the disturbing themes in these intertwined subjects with a bit of levity.

"In the preface of the feminist classic,
The Sexual Politics of Meat, Carol J. Adams writes, 'What, or precisely who, we eat is determined by the patriarchal politics of our culture, and that the meanings attached to meat eating include meanings clustered around virility.' The Elsie ads make this concept almost glaringly obvious. Elsie's 'husband,' Elmer the bull, constantly bellows at and belittles her with searing sarcasm. And she, representing the accommodating housewife trope, seeks only to please and placate.

Deconstructing Elsie weaves health, environmental, political, and ethical issues particular to the dairy industry with notions of gender and animal oppression and of male dominance. This artist's book, along with a related wall installation, will be part of a 2015 exhibition at the National Museum of Animals and Society in Los Angeles titled 'The Art of the Animal: 14 Women Artists Explore the Sexual Politics of Meat.' The exhibit will be accompanied by a book of the same name and is expected to travel."

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Why You Can't Get Married
An unwedding album
By Nava Atlas
New Paltz, New York: Amberwood Press, 2013.
Edition of 300 standard, 25 deluxe.

Standard: 14 x 9.5"; 10 gatefold pages. Laser offset. Bound in full-page wraps with double wire-o binding. Historic images of interracial couples appropriated from internet sources. Images of same-sex couples licensed from stock photo sources. Texts excerpted from court documents, state codes, and public political pronouncements. Signed by the artist.

Deluxe: 14.5 x 9.9" album cover containing the standard edition of Why You Can't Get Married. This standard edition has 10 gatefold pages and double wire-o binding. Back page of standard edition adhered to back album cover. Album covers illustrated with mock wedding invitations. Drop spine and frame (of covers) covered in off-white fabric (like a wedding album). Colophon on back cover. Signed and numbered on the colophon by the artist.

Nava Atlas: "Why You Can't Get Married: An Unwedding Album examines the hot-button issue of same-sex marriage through the lens of the past. The very arguments used to oppose interracial marriage in generations past have been recycled for use against same-sex marriage. Comparing state codes, legal opinions, public hearings, and political pronouncements, it becomes apparent that the arguments aren't just similar, but nearly identical. The book ends with a ray of hope, presenting Mildred Loving's statement on the 40th anniversary of the 1967 Supreme Court decision, Loving vs. Virginia, which legalized interracial marriage in all fifty states. She stated in part, 'I believe all Americans, no matter their race, no matter their sexual orientation, should have [the] freedom to marry.'

"An up-to-the-moment pairing on the back cover compares the dissenting opinion from the 1948 case that struck down the California Miscegenation Law, with Antonin Scalia's dissenting opinion in the U.S. Supreme Court's 2013 decision to strike down the Defense of Marriage Act. The Unwedding Album's prettiness stands in stark contrast to the ugliness of the language of bias framed within, a stark reminder that there's still a way to go to before marriage equality is achieved in the U.S."

$125 Standard
$300 Deluxe

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Postal Angst
An Album of Sticky Dilemmas
By Nava Atlas

New Paltz, New York: Amberwood Press, 2012.
Edition of 5.

9.5 x 11.75"; 10 pages. Accordion structure from back pastedown. Pigmented inkjet prints on rag paper. Comprised of constructed stamps, meant to resemble a stamp album. Bound in red portfolio with black tie closure. Title tipped on.

Nava Atlas: "Postal Angst is an artist’s book comprised of constructed stamps, meant to resemble a stamp album. I’ve always loved the visual iconography of postage stamps, which to me, speak of connection, communication, travel, and adventure.

"I’ve long used my visual art as a form of therapy. When longing, regret, remorse, and other metal dross are expelled from my brain in the form of long-cherished imagery (like these faux postage stamps), my 'problems' are quickly put into perspective, melancholy is swept away, and I’m able to laugh with (and at) myself. As an occasional indulgence, creating occasional work about the self is both cathartic and comforting."

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The Literary Ladies' Guide
Guide to the Writing Life
Inspiration and Advice from
Celebrated Women Authors
Who Paved the Way
By Nava Atlas
Portland, Maine: Sellers Publishing, 2011. Trade edition.

7.5 x 9.5"; 192 pages. Illustrated. Casebound. Glossy illustrated boards. In matching dust jacket. Filled with more than 100 archival images. Signed by the artist.

Press release: “In The Literary Ladies’ Guide to the Writing Life, Nava Atlas presents twelve celebrated women authors and draws on their diaries, letters, memoirs, and interviews to show how they expressed their views on the subjects of importance to every writer– from carving out time to write to conquering their inner demons to developing a ‘voice’ to balancing the demands of family life with the need to write. Atlas provides her own illuminating commentary as well and reveals how the lessons of classic women writers of the past still resonate with women writing today.”

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Dear Literary Ladies
By Nava Atlas
New Paltz, New York: Amberwood Press, Inc., 2010. Edition of 15.

12 x 9.75"; 30 pages. Printed digitally in various fonts from the Quadrant family and the script font Affable Black. Constructed with both actual and virtual ephemera. Color photocopy and archival pigment ink on rag paper. Bound in cloth with tipped on illustrations. Three metal screw posts at spine.

Nava Atlas: "Dear Literary Ladies is one component of a series of interrelated, multidisciplinary works. This artist's book is a companion to the blog of the same name both of which fancifully pose questions on writing and the writing life, with the answer derived from a classic author's own words. The narratives in this limited edition book are gathered from the letters, journals, and autobiographies of fourteen authors including Jane Austen, Charlotte Brontë, George Sand, Willa Cather, Louisa May Alcott, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Edith Wharton, and others [Sarah Orne Jewett, Colette, L. M. Montgomery, Virginia Woolf, Edna Ferber, Zora Neale Hurston, and Anaïs Nin]. Reaching back to answer contemporary questions with voices from literary history reflects the timeless concerns of writers, with a particular emphasis on these issues from a female perspective.

$450 ( Last 4 copies; includes a copy of the trade edition)

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Love and Marriage
By Nava Atlas
New Paltz, New York: Amberwood Press, Inc., 2008. Edition of 100.

7 x 10.5"; 32 pages. Digital offset printing. Saddle-stitched.

Nava Atlas: "Love and Marriage is an altered comic book utilizing art from the 1950s. The original dialog has been removed, replaced by dry deadpan banter, between male and female characters on the mythology of modern marriage, supermoms, media’s obsession with domesticity, over the-top weddings, and monogamy. Interspersed are ads from the era, whose absurdity is left intact, in their original, unaltered state."

The comic books that supplied the art are credited on the inside of the back cover.
$75 (Ten copies remaining)

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Amberwood Press, Inc. Out of Print Title:
• Secret Recipes for the Modern Wife
• Secret Recipes for the Modern Wife: Two volume set

Hand Jobs
By Nava Atlas
New Platz, New York: Amberwood Press, Inc., 2008. Edition of 5.

11.75 x 9 x 1.25" archival portfolio box; 13 loose archival inkjet-printed pages. Collage elements.

Nava Atlas: "In the 1940s and 1950s, women's magazines featured beautifully manicured and graceful hands doing mostly domestic chores, and in some cases, shopping. Though today's most popular women's magazines rarely, if ever, feature 'hand models,' I wondered whether they imply that women's hands should still do the same things as they did sixty years ago. Or, do these publications somehow convey a broader idea of what work women might do with their hands — brain surgery, technology, sculpture, etc.? I looked at early 2008 issues of Martha Stewart Living, Real Simple, Woman's Day, Ladies Home Journal, Redbook, Good Housekeeping, Quilting, and Family Circle. I didn't even need to consult the ads, because now, many articles are 'advertorials,' rolling content and advertising into numerous short, mind-numbing chunks. Alas, according to the bland, white world of women's print media, the main purpose of your hands is still to cook, clean, polish, wash, do needlework, and shop. It's demoralizing, yet not completely surprising, that advertisers, and by extension, women's media, still prefer to mire women in domestic details, as that is the venue in which most products can be sold. "

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(Mis)labeling Hillary
or, why she just couldn't win
By Nava Atlas
New Paltz, New York: Amberwood Press, Inc., 2008. Edition of 10.

7.75 x 11.25"; 10 pages. Accordion structure with archival inkjet print. Bound in blue cloth with full page illustrated front cover.

Nava Atlas: "(Mis)labeling Hillary continues a series of works that explores language pertaining to female stereotyping. In this artist's book, images of Hillary Clinton appropriated from news articles are teamed with brief comments attributed to a variety of news sources, from blogs to mainstream newspapers and magazines. Each quote contains a common female epithet that has been applied to Hillary, from the relatively benign hag, battle-ax, and ice queen, building up to the ultimate bitch, whore, cunt. From my perspective, this book poses two questions: Why do media (both mainstream and underground) feel justified in getting so personal, going so far beyond issues and even personality when it comes to writing about Hillary? And how can any woman, flaws and all, ever crack what she termed the 'highest glass ceiling' when the most degrading feminine epithets are still so casually tossed off? It seems that whoever said that sexism trumps racism was correct in this instance. I'm outraged, even though I ended up voting for Barack Obama . . ."

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Sluts & Studs
By Nava Atlas
New Paltz, New York: Amberwood Press, Inc., 2007. Edition of 5.

6.5 x 14"; 20 pages. Flag structure. Illustrated paper-covered boards with quarter book cloth. Archival inkjet-printed pages.

Nava Atlas: "Sluts & Studs looks at the language of sexuality, and the contrasts between the female and male terminology via dictionary definitions. Most of the terms for men who are sexually prolific are most often either positive, or at worst, imply a certain naughtiness, while the terms for women are uniformly negative, signifying promiscuity, lack of morality, and prostitution. While this may not be exactly surprising seeing these terms in the context of iconic 1950s style imagery is a gentle yet jarring reminder that despite the so called 'sexual revolution' the language of sexuality has not much changed, and is still largely a throwback to attitudes of the past."

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Tomcats & Trollops
By Nava Atlas
New Paltz, New York: Amberwood Press, Inc., 2007. Edition of 5.

6.5 x 14"; 19 pages. Flag structure. Illustrated paper-covered boards with quarter cloth. Archival inkjet-printed pages.

Nava Atlas: "This book is a variation on Sluts & Studs, with the vintage images showing amorous couples instead of the single male/female images of the previous book, but using the same language and dictionary definitions. This makes the question all the more poignant; if each half of the couple is enjoying their pairing, why, then, is the language applied to them different?"



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